Kyôka: Japan's Comic Verse (A Mad in Translation Reader) by Robin D. Gill

By Robin D. Gill

Even readers without specific curiosity in Japan - if such ordinary souls exist - might count on unforeseen excitement from this ebook if English metaphysical poetry, grooks, hyperlogical nonsense verse, outrageous epigrams, the (im)possibilities and means of translation among unique tongues, the explanation of puns and rhyme, outlandish metaphor, severe hyperbole and whatnot tickle their fancy. learn including the girl with no gap, additionally by way of Robin D. Gill, the hitherto neglected ulterior facet of paintings poetry in Japan could now be completely explored by means of monolinguals, notwithstanding bilinguals and scholars of jap should be chuffed to understand the entire unique eastern is incorporated. This Reader is a range from "Mad in Translation - one thousand years of kyôka, comedian jap poetry within the vintage waka mode," a 2000-poem, 200-chapter, 740-page monster of a ebook. It bargains a 300-page double distillation high-proof pattern of the poetry and prose, with better translations, re-considered reviews and extra snake-legs (explanation a few students won't need). The scattershot of two-page chapters and notes were compounded right into a rating of cannonball-sized thematic chapters with barely enough weight to bowl over such a lot experts but, optimistically, no longer bore the beginner and sink a very likely broad-beamed readership. (More details might be discovered on the Paraverse Press site or Google Books)

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There’s a Starbuck’s on the corner where we once sold lemonade, our homemade sign coming apart in an attic somewhere. We sift through the rubble for the precious thing we lost when the future rolled into town on a bulldozer. It plowed into our plans, burying them under stories of glass and brick but nothing much changed. Look at the way we connect now, all scribbled skin and logistics. We still lift our heads 25 when a foreman’s whistle blows, but slowly, without expectation. We stand close, on the verge of moving, held back by the strong-arm of routine.

We stand close, on the verge of moving, held back by the strong-arm of routine. Last week another crew packed up and headed out. We followed for a few steps,but it gets dark early now and it’s easy to get lost on a map redrawn in our sleep.

It’s about radiance. 21 Tautology of Blue We are Here. There looks better, though it could be a trick; illusion, bad camera angles. We won’t lose a thing by going There. Here fits into There, a matrouska of defunct eyes and ears. The move Thither to Yon implies a stretch of homelessness. Against the horizon, words spread out like a migration of wings on rivers reflecting mountains. We’d never have gone if we’d known we’d end up where we started. 22 Hindsight The thing about it is its size. It’s smaller, and your sister is there on the other side of the screen, waiting to be told goodbye.

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